By Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
On September 1 Benedictine’s women’s soccer won their first game of the season against Illinois Institute of Technology.
“It is nice to start off the 2015 season with a win, as we certainly deserved the result. Their keeper did a nice job to keep them in the game as we peppered her all night with the numerous good opportunities we created. That’s the template – clean sheets defensively and creating numerous scoring opportunities. As a group, we had maintained the belief the goal would come, as it did with about 12 minutes to go,” said Head Coach Michael Boland.
Sophomore Taylor Pokorny led Benedictine to win by scoring one goal during the second half with 12 minutes left of the game leaving the score 1-0.
“We were extremely happy to open the season with a win. As a team we put in the effort during preseason and it was nice to see that hard work pay off,” said Pokorny. “I think we were all pretty happy to come away with the win especially against a team we’ve played in the past and not gotten the result when we could have.”
Freshmen Zoie Holloway attempted seven shots while Pokorny tried to score six shots and made one goal. Junior Daniela Nieto and Freshmen Sabie Ramirez each attempted three shots. Sophomore Amanda Lozada played the goalkeeper during the game where she faced seven attempted goals and made three saves.
Boland continues, “Overall, this group has done a terrific job of taking it one day at a time and maintaining focus and short term goals. I’m excited to see what this group can accomplish this year.”
The next game for women’s soccer will be on September 9 against Illinois Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. at the Benedictine Sports Complex.